Having not been to the beach even once this year, our young family of four decided to take a short, fall vacation to Jekyll Island, GA, before the weather got too chilly to enjoy the sand and ocean. We moved to Atlanta 6 years ago and never heard of Jekyll Island until just recently. Now that we’ve been there, I feel like it’s one of Georgia’s hidden treasures and best kept secrets! We stayed at the brand new, oceanfront Jekyll Ocean Club boutique hotel. Opened in Summer 2017, the JOC is owned by the historic Jekyll Island Club Resort and, though completely different in aesthetic and vibe than its parent-property, is equally as beautiful (in my opinion). To say we had an amazing time would be the understatement of the year. So, if you’re on the fence about your next family vacation destination, here are 8 reasons you should visit Jekyll Island, GA, and stay at the Jekyll Ocean Club (listed in no particular order).

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Fall in the south is a funny thing. The temperatures don’t feel “fall-ish” until the end of October/early November and the leaves don’t change colors until around that time either – but then it feels like they fall off the trees immediately, leaving little time to enjoy the foliage. It’s probably not really that quickly but it sure feels that way. But nevertheless, having spent my adolescent and young adult years in FL, I’m grateful to be able to say we actually have the season at all. In fact, I get really excited about it. Today I teamed up with PlaytexBaby to share five things my family and I love about fall. Spoiler: We’re super basic.

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It’s no secret that my kids can be fussy eaters (or complete non-eaters) sometimes, so I’m always looking for mom hacks to make sure they’re getting what they need nutritionally, despite their poor eating habits. I’ve mentioned in the past that I like to sneak fruits and veggies into smoothies for my girls so today I’m sharing a new 3-in-1 favorite that’s a great alternative to junk food (or, no food), Daily Sunshine. Even though it comes dairy-free and is great mixed with just water, we put our own little spin on it to make it even more delicious.

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It’s here! It’s here! Fall is finally here! Except, it’s still like 80+ degrees outside here in the south. But, I’m holding out hope that the temperatures will drop over the next few weeks like they have in the past and I will be able to wear all the sweaters and all the boots! So, before I get into today’s effortless look, I have to confess that when it comes to buying fall and winter sweaters and tops, I always gravitate to off-white/cream/oatmeal shades. I just love how they look with my skin tone and that they match every.thing. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that today’s top from Filly Flair is that color. The side-knot trend is still going strong this season which is a good thing for me since (if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile) you know I love anything that hides/flatters my midsection. I paired it with some released hem skinny jeans (also from Filly Flair) and ankle booties. 

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Someone please tell me that I’m not the only one who gives their kids half water half juice cocktails. While I’m a juice lover myself, I cringe at the thought of my girls drinking so much sugar. If I had my way, they’d drink plain water and/or coconut water all the time but they get bored with both. Thankfully, I found a brand new, delicious and refreshing juice from Welch’s that’s 100% juice with 30% less sugar! Oh, and the best part? It has coconut water in it!

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8.5 years ago I went wedding dress shopping with my mom who was visiting from out of town. I was so excited. I had already found the dress but just needed her approval and validation. I came out of the fitting room so in love but was immediately, completely deflated when my mom said it “looked like everything else” and that she “wasn’t impressed”. She wasn’t mean about it at all. In fact, she probably had no idea how her words impacted me at the time. I was heartbroken. Later that day, at another bridal salon, I ended up choosing the dress my mom loved – the one that elicited her “now this is a wedding dress” remark. I chose it not because I had to, but because I wanted my mom to love my dress. It was a beautiful gown, but it wasn’t the one. See, my mom had a vision of what I would look like on my wedding day. The dress we purchased fit her vision but it didn’t fit mine.

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If you’ve been hanging with me for awhile, you may have heard me say a time or two that coffee wasn’t really my thing; I used to not drink it much and didn’t really get why people were so crazy about it. Then I decided to be home with my girls full-time and that all changed. It may sound surprising, but being home requires so much more energy than working in an office full-time did – at least for me. I’d like to say that I get more sleep now that I’m home but that doesn’t happen. So, the solution? Coffee. I don’t drink it every day but when I need coffee, I need it before I try to accomplish anything. Coffee has become my go-to, especially since there’s a McDonald’s conveniently located on the way to E’s school.

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If you’ve been a reader of this little blog for awhile, you know our mornings can be a little crazy and I usually opt for convenience when it comes to breakfast for my girls. Convenience and routine, that is. The problem is that my girls are starting to get sick of the same ol’ same ol’ breakfast foods which has left me searching for options that are just as easy, just as affordable, and just as delicious. Enter, Pepperidge Farm Swirl Oatmeal Bread. As silly as it sounds, one of the things that seems to take forever for us in the mornings is waiting on the toaster (why does it feel like it takes so long?!) so one of my favorite parts of the Pepperidge Farm Swirl Oatmeal Bread is that it’s delicious without toasting since it comes in Apple Cinnamon Swirl Oatmeal or Maple & Brown Sugar Swirl Oatmeal flavors. Winning!

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